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Battle for WICB first-class title

by Keith Holder

The battle for the 2014 WICB first-class title still holds great interest among the two contenders with two days remaining in the seventh and final series.

Pre-series leaders Trinidad & Tobago were defied by bottom-of-the-table Guyana, who closed the second day on 246 for seven replying to a first innings total of 294 all out at the Guyana National Stadium.

Captain Leon Johnson has so far topscored with 78 while Christopher Barnwell made 50.

Off-spinner Amit Jaggernauth has four for 78.

Trinidad & Tobago had started the day on 274 for eight.

Darren Bravo made 64 and Jason Mohammed 61.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo grabbed a career-best nine for 78 off 38.4 overs.

Second-placed and defending champions Barbados, the only other team with a chance of lifting the President’s Trophy, are in a strong position to defeat the Leeward Islands at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua.

Starting the day on 167 for one, Barbados were bowled out for 326 off 125.3 overs – 40 minutes after tea – in reply to a first innings total of 94 all out in 34.4 overs.

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite topscored with 92, while fellow opener Omar Phillips made 79. It was the third time this season that Brathwaite was dismissed in the 90s.

Leg-spinner Anthony Martin took five for 78 off 37.3 overs.

The Leewards, with a deficit of 232, were 54 for two in their second innings at stumps – still trailing by 178 runs with eight wickets standing.

In the other match at the 3Ws Oval in Barbados, Jamaica, with a first innings lead of 21, were 79 for two in their second innings – an overall lead of 100 – at the close of play against Combined Campuses & Colleges.

Starting the day on 59 without loss, CCC were bowled out for 161 off 68.1 overs shortly before tea in reply to Jamaica’s first innings total of 182 all out off 76.2 overs.

Kevin McClean topscored with 36.

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the leading wicket-taker with five for 31 off 31 overs.

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and the Windward Islands have qualified for the semi-finals of the Headley/Weekes Trophy beginning next Saturday, with either Jamaica or CCC likely to join them.

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